Friday, June 16, 2006

Edinburgh Books Festival announces programme

Searching for an image to encapsulate her festival, director Catherine Lockerbie recalled the famous meeting between the precocious teenage Walter Scott and Robert Burns.

It took place in a literary salon in old Edinburgh, a house crammed with the brightest minds and imaginations of that age, among them James Hutton, the father of modern geology, and pioneering chemist Joseph Black.

"Fast forward to 2006," said Ms Lockerbie, "replace stone walls with tents, and what you have there is the essence of the Edinburgh International Book Festival."
More from Rosemary Goring in The Herald.

The line-up will include Seamus Heaney, William Boyd and Harold Pinter.

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